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January 17, 2016

Many physicians, including Septimus, aren't convinced that over-the-counter remedies containing zinc are effective. Despite some research showing zinc to be beneficial in treating colds, other studies warn that high doses of zinc can affect the senses of smell and taste."I recommend you avoid anything that may cause a serious side effect," Septimus adds.

Cold symptoms start typically with a sore throat, as well as a runny nose and congestion. By the third or fourth day, a typical cold sufferer will have a cough and children are likely to have a bit of fever.

Flu symptoms come on quickly, and are usually more severe than a cold. Symptoms of the flu include a fever, headache, sore throat, muscle aches, cough and congestion.

Viruses that cause colds and flu enter the body through the mucous membranes of the nose, eyes and mouth. Touching your hand to one of these areas can infect you with a virus, which is why it's important to wash your hands frequently to keep from infecting yourself and others.

The normal, routine activities recommended to keep healthy - exercise and a nutritious diet - are also good defenses against colds and flu. Combine those with a little precaution and common sense, and you have a powerful prescription for the long cold and flu season ahead.

Source: The Methodist Hospital in Houston